Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758) is not generally known as a scientist, but as a theologian and college president, a leader of American thought in the colonies. Nevertheless, while still in his teens, Edwards exhibited deep understanding and original insights into physics, meteorology, and astronomy, far in advance of his time. He continued to exhibit an aptitude in science throughout a busy career in missionary, pastoral, and educational work. He could almost certainly have become an outstanding man of science during a critical epoch in the development of science, but the Lord had other plans for him, and he was destined to play a key role in the colonies’ Great Awakening and to help prepare them for the unique spiritual ministry they would one day have in world history.
Excerpted from Men of Science, Men of God by Henry M. Morris. Copyright 1982, 1988 by Henry M. Morris. Used by permission.